Read Exodus 32:30-34, Malachi 3:16-18
Vulnerability and uncertainty caused the Isrealites to leave the door wide open to sin.
The incident of the Golden Calf fragmented them spiritually, leading to the sin of idolatry. Spiritual Integrity crumbled into the dust, and Moses mourned.
“But now, if You will forgive their sin- but if not, please blot me out of Your book You have written,” Moses told the Lord.
Moses despaired of ever seeing Spiritual Integrity in the people and believed that God might as well just erase the whole story because spiritual fragmentation means death.
“The Lord said to Moses, ‘Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot out of my book.”
It does sound hopeless. We have all sinned and deserve to have our names struck from God’s Book.
Yet, the Psalmist writes, “Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in Your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there were none of them.”
The prophet Malachi wrote, “The Lord paid attention and heard them, and a Book of remebrance was written before Him of those who feared the Lord and esteemed His name. ‘They shall be mine,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘in the day when I take up My treasured possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him. Once more you shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him.'”
We are vulnerable. We are uncertain. However, we cannot look to idols for security.
We must turn away from idols and choose to serve the Lord. We must learn that we are spiritually shattered but that the Son has true Spiritual Integrity.